Love it or list it.
Anne and I have this guilty pleasure. It’s called Love It or List It. It’s one of those stupid shows on HGTV.
A couple (the show is made in Canada) lives in a house that is too small or poorly laid out for the family.
Anne and I usually think that their problems could be solved by spending a couple hours cleaning up some of the mess and getting better organized. But a show about house cleaning wouldn’t be quite as interesting.
A sleazy real estate guy shows them three houses and a designer redesigns their house. Then the couple spends 45 seconds to decide if they will sell their newly designed house or spend $100,000 on a new one. Will they love it, or list it?
One spouse wants to move. The other doesn’t That’s part of the tension of the show. And the woman who is redesigning the house always finds unexpected problems that require her to not redo something she promised. Which makes the spouse who never wanted to stay in the old house get all I-told-you-so.
The other thing Anne and I always laugh about is these unanticipated costs. See, we live in a Chicago house that is 120 years old. We have lived in it for over twenty years. Every time we have work done, it always costs 20-30% more than the initial estimate. And we plan for that. But on this show, it is always a surprise.
“Oh, look. We took out the wall and it needs new electric conduits to bring it up to code.”
We once had a guy go up in our attic for some minor work and we ended up having to replace the entire roof. Not just the shingles. They took off the entire top of our house.
Apparently CPS runs more like Love It or List It than real life.
WBEZ’s Linda Lutton reports.
Back in April—even before the vote to close 50 schools—the district signed a contract with logistics firm Global Workplace Solutions to move all the things out of schools. Price tag: $8.9 million.
GWS worked throughout the summer to inventory and move computers, books, furniture and other supplies from closed schools into so-called Welcoming Schools.
In September, the district quietly doubled the amount of the contract, to $18.9 million. Chicago Public Schools’ closing czar said the reason for the overrun had to do with the volume of stuff movers found in the 43 shuttered buildings they are emptying out.
Now, the agenda for Wednesday’s school board meeting shows the board will vote on another increase, this time to $30.9 million, more than tripling the amount of the original contract with GWS.
Wow. Not 20-30% more than anticipated. Over three times the anticipated cost.
A CPS document says the hike is necessary to board up, fence, and install security posts around 30 buildings.
They didn’t anticipate that the empty buildings would need boarding up?